The incredulity of St Thomas – ready by Joy Baylis

In front of you is the colourful window showing the moment when our patron saint, St Thomas, saw Jesus for the first time after his death.

Thomas is referred to as ‘Doubting Thomas’, because he was unwilling to believe that the other apostles had seen the risen Christ.

This was the first Georgian stained-glass window to be installed in the church, placed then over the altar in 1826 and made by Chance brothers, originally based in Smethwick who, during the 19th century, became one of the most important glassworks in Britain.

The window was moved to its present position following the gift of new windows by Charles Collis showing the Ascension of our Lord into Heaven.

Jesus is at the centre of the window, surrounded by the apostles, with Thomas kneeling and reaching up to touch the wound in Jesus’ chest. Notice that Jesus is holding Thomas’ wrist, which could be an encouragement and perhaps comfort for Thomas as he recognises what has happened. The right hand of Jesus is raised, giving Thomas a blessing as if he is forgiving him for his doubts.

The colours in the window tell their own story; Jesus wears a red cloak, edged with blue – red representing the blood and suffering, and the blue symbolises spiritual love and consistency. St Thomas is wearing green to represent hope (and ours too) in the power of the risen Lord, and these colours predominate in the border which surrounds the picture.

You will see stylised flowers and leaves in the border. The flowers are lilies, representing the Easter lily, which have become a symbol of Christ’s resurrection. The leaves may be oak, representing Christ, and the pinecones represent eternal life and enlightenment.